Morocco is a context in which secularist and Islamist voices seem irreconcilably opposed in political discourse – at the expense of womens and gender rights. This lecture explores this in three main parts. The first part presents the referent’s take on the overall context in which the contestations of women’s and gender rights in Morocco should be positioned. The second part provides examples of how women publicly contest rights, with a focus on the post-Uprisings period. The third part presents her own reading of the nature and strategies of the contestations. More specifically, she introduces the notion of the ‚Center‘ as a lens through which women’s contestations may be understood as agency beyond and across the competitive secularist and Islamist ideologies that use their rights and issues to ‚outsmart‘ the other.
Fatima Sadiqi is actually a Fellow of the ZiF Research Group Global Contestations of Women’s and Gender Rights. She is a professor of Linguistics and Gender Studies (University of Fez, Morocco); her work focuses on women’s and gender issues in modern North Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean world. In June 2018, she was elected President of the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies – AMEWS. She is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Languages and Linguistics and The Journal of Feminist Research. She is also Editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of African Womens History. She is author of numerous books and articles published in refereed journals as well as book chapters. She also wrote Encyclopedia entries and co-translated a book from Arabic into English.